After winning the first T20I in the three-match series, the Pakistani women will look to win the series when they take on the Sri Lankan women in the second T20I at the Southern Club Cricket Stadium in Karachi.
Pakistani Women vs. Sri Lankan Women, 2nd T20I
Game: PAKW against SLW, 2. T20I
Date: Thursday, May 26, 2022
Time: 2:30 p.m. IST
Venue: Southend Club Cricket Stadium, Karachi
Live Streaming Details: The game will be streamed live on Sony Six and Sony Liv.
Pakistan probably XI
Muneeba Ali (wk), Gull Feroza, Iram Javed, Bismah Maroof (c), Nida Dar, Aliya Riaz, Ayesha Naseem, Fatima Sana, Tuba Hassan, Aiman Anwer, Anam Amin
Sri Lanka probably XI
Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Harshitha Madavi, Nilakshi de Silva, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Kavisha Dilhari, Ama Kanchana, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, Sugandika Kumari, Achini Kulasuriya
Pakistan Women’s Squad: Muneeba Ali(w), Gull Feroza, Iram Javed, Bismah Maroof(c), Nida Dar, Ayesha Naseem, Aliya Riaz, Fatima Sana, Tuba Hassan, Aiman Anwer, Anam Amin, Kainat Imtiaz, Omaima Sohail, Sadia Iqbal, Diana Baig
Sri Lanka Women’s Squad: Hasini Perera, Chamari Athapaththu(c), Harshitha Madavi, Anushka Sanjeewani(w), Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Ama Kanchana, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya, Imesha Dulani, Sachini Nisansala, Prasadani Weerakkody, Udeshika Prabodhani
Women from Pakistan vs. Women from Sri Lanka, 1st T20I | The Pakistani women beat the Sri Lankan women by 6 wickets to take a 1-0 lead
A brilliant 3/8 from debutant Tuba Hassan followed by a solid 36 unmatched by veteran Nida Dar helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by six wickets in the first game of the three-game WT20I series on Tuesday.
Pakistan pursued a target of 107 runs and reached home in 18.2 overs for the loss of four wickets. Nida was the top run scorer for Pakistan as she went unbeaten in 36 runs from 27 balls while captain Bismah Maroof had 28 runs.
Sri Lanka opted to bat but struggled to get enough runs on the board. Left-arm spinner Anam Amin gave Pakistan a perfect start by nabbing a sharp return catch in the first over to send Hasini Perera back.
She continued to cripple Sri Lanka, catching their captain Chamari Athapaththu in their next over to reduce the visitors to 13/2 in the third over.
Harshitha Madavi and Anushka Sanjeewani then slowly rebuilt the innings, using cautious shots. Once settled, they took 14 runs past in an Aiman Anwer and upped the ante.
Just when things were looking rosy for Sri Lanka, debutant Tuba Hassan came on the attack and broke the 38-run third-wicket partnership by sacking Sanjeewani.
In her next over, Tuba removed Madavi when she tried to slash a delivery that bounced high but ended up hacking her to the stumps.
Tuba increased the pressure in her third over and took another wicket, this time that of Kavisha Dilhari, who presented an easy catch to the mid-wicket fielder.
Anam Amin returned to attack and clinched her third, with Tuba scoring a stunning catch on the short third man to send Oshadi Ranasinghe back. At 69/6, Sri Lanka looked completely at sea but a handy 25 from Nilakshi de Silva put them close to three figures.
The lower division eventually managed to advance to Sri Lanka over 100, bringing the total to 106/8 in 20 overs.
It was a superb bowling performance from Pakistan, in which Tuba excelled after consistently hitting good lengths and scoring an appreciable turn.
However, the other debutant, Gull Feroza, had a memorable time. Pakistan’s pursuit of the modest target got off to a rocky start as Feroza was beaten in front by Sugandika Kumari in the first over and fell for a duck.
Muneeba Ali and Iram Javed put up 29 runs before Iram edged out Ranasinghe for 18. Muneeba was eliminated three overs later for the same score. Pakistan found themselves in a precarious position with 46/3 in nine overs and needed 61 more to win.
However, the experience of Bismah Maroof and Nida Dar helped Pakistan get through a rough patch. They pounced on the bad balls and negotiated the bowlers with ease, picking up ones and twos to keep the scorecard going.
The pair put Pakistan within reach of victory with a solid run of 51 runs. It took the hosts just 12 runs to win before Maroof (28) was sent off in the 17th over.
Dar’s unbeaten 36 saw Pakistan finally secure a six-wicket win in the 19th over and take a 1-0 lead in the three-game streak. Tuba was named Player of the Match for her performance of 4-1-8-3.
The second T20I will be played at the same venue on May 26th.
Short scores: Sri Lanka 106/8 in 20 overs (Nilakshi de Silva 25, Harshitha Madavi 25; Tuba Hassan 3-8, Anam Amin 3-21) lost to Pakistan 107/4 in 18.2. Overs (Nida Dar 36 not out, Bismah Maroof 28; Oshadi Ranasinghe 2-20) with 6 wickets.
(Report Inputs – IANS)